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In the hot seat today we have Jack D. Albrecht Jr & Ashley Delay (don’t worry, they’re not chained… yet) *clears throat* Moving on.
If you don’t already know–and missed the sign coming in–we’re going to be discussing Osric’s Wand: The Wand-Maker’s Debate. Jack and Ashley were kind enough to answer my questions as well as giveaway an ebook copy of Osric’s great adventure to one lucky winner! The contest will run from June 17th to June 24th so hurry-hurry-hurry!
1) Most people don’t know two authors wrote this book (yours truly being one of them. Lol) What made you decide to co-author Osric’s Wand: The Wand-Maker’s Debate?
Ashley: Jack had a great idea with the beginnings of the book, and I just couldn’t miss out on the fun of writing in the world he had thought up! I began by helping him edit and revise, and after a few days of him begging me to co-author, I eagerly agreed. We take it as a compliment that many people don’t realize that two of us wrote the book. That means we were successful in blending our writing styles and voices into one seamless story.
Jack: Well, it has been a bit of a curse that not many people realize that Ashley played as much a part in the creation of this as I have. But I think that has to do with the fact that, because she is such a talented person, Ashley is in such high demand in her other jobs.
The reason why we co-authored it is simple…. I am a horrible writer! All joking aside, Ashley has so much more talent than I do, though I do tend to do a lot of the “steering” so to speak, she is the navigator that gets us to where we need to be, and bails me out of a lot of brain freeze moments when I am writing. I mean, seriously, if she had more free time, we could be churning out two books a year in this series!
Oh, did I mention that I can’t write Bridgett to save my life? There really is a reason that I stay single; women baffle me!
2) What part did each of you write?
Ashley: There is far too much of each of us in everything to be able to name any specific part that one of us wrote. If we were to put things into categories where one had a bigger influence than the other, it would be in the dialogue. We wrote it like a conversation between the two of us; I handled most of Bridgett and Machai, while Jack wrote most of Gus and Pebble. Everything else was a pretty even split as we both wrote, rewrote, edited and revised every chapter.
3) What inspired Osric’s Wand?
Jack: One of the most common things in my life inspired it, boredom. I was going to say genius, but anyone who reads this will know that answer is just a big lie.
Ashley: Both of us are avid readers, so much of our inspiration comes from books that we have read and loved. Neither of us had ever come across a book that included all of the elements we enjoy reading about, i.e. talking animals, wand based magic wielding, sword fighting, elemental magic, dragons, unicorns, elves, and dwarves. We wanted to create a world that enveloped all of these ideas, and told the story from when the world was still young and just beginning to understand what magic can do.
4) So after all this action and adventure, what can we expect in book 2?
Jack: The “hunt” will actually be in the next book, and there will be a lot more dual wielding of magic and swords. Of course, Pebble will continue to be adorable, and Gus will be as big a pain as always. Kenneth gets some real good jokes in, and Osric’s head will nearly explode under the pressure he is experiencing. In his learning, he will continue to make mistakes and lean heavily on his friends. One of the characters told me that the budding romance may play a much bigger role in the next book also.
5) How did you come up with talking animals?
Jack: My cat told me to do it. That, and I have always wondered why prairie dogs won’t leave the middle of the road in Colorado. We see more run over prairie dogs than anything else. It is sad, but my mind is a bit twisted, and that is why I chose prairie dogs. Since we are in an “all magical” world, I just thought it would be natural for some animals to speak.
6) Have you already started book two? If so, how soon can we expect it?
Jack: Yes, Osric’s Wand: The High-Wizard’s Hunt is well on its way. We are planning a September release, and the first draft is only a couple chapters from being complete. We should fly though the read through, rewrites, expanding certain parts, editing, and cover design because we have a fantastic team of beta readers and peers that help with the whole process. We are always looking for more talented people to help in each stage, so If you know any authors who want to help, we could probably fit them in!
7) If you had to pick your favorite part in the book, which part would it be, and why?
Jack: My favorite part is Chapter 2, because that is where you see the two sides of Gus for the first time. His “don’t you dare mess with me, hunter” attitude, and his “You are an amazing cook, here have a free Gus wand that I don’t want anyone to see” sweet guy personae.
Ashley: My favorite part is chapter 21 because I was certain I had the ending all worked out, and then it just sort of got away from us and wrote itself. It turned out so much better than I had expected, and I love being surprised by our characters.
8) Which of you came up with the talking prairie dog, Gus, and what inspired his creation? (He was my fav character, just an FYI).
Ashley: Gus was most certainly Jack’s creation. I have to say, though, he was a brilliant addition to the character list. As Gus interacted with the other characters, he evolved and grew away from the image that Jack originally had of him. It was a lot of fun to watch him develop, as Jack wrote most of Gus’ dialogue.
9) Can we expect any other books/series by either of you?
Ashley: You will see the second book in the Osric’s Wand series, The High-Wizard’s Hunt, this fall! We anticipate at least one more addition to this series, but it has the potential to require many more. I expect Jack and I will continue writing together for many years to come. As far as individual works go, there is no way to tell. My daughter wants to write a children’s book with me, but that will be sometime down the road.
10) Sum yourself up in one paragraph.
Jack: I am a highly motivated learner; I am always trying to discover something new in life. If I am not learning, I might as well be dead ‘cause life will have lost its magic. Of course, I am a male super model who needs glasses. I am a cook, home-builder, car repairing, yard sculpting, beekeeping, dish-washing, laundry doing father. Oh, and I cut a mean peanut butter sandwich!
Ashley: I am a hopeless optimist. I believe everything happens for a reason, and no matter how dire things may seem, it is probably for the best. I am analytical and logical in my head, yet passionate and emotional at heart. I learn from every experience in my life, and I thrive on challenges. I am a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lover, a dreamer, an artist, and an intellectual. I also happen to be a bit of a control freak and a perfectionist, but that balances my tendency to procrastinate.
Thank you Jack and Ashley so much for stopping by and answering my questions. Please keep up the good work and we all hope to see book two out very soon!
Now before everyone rushes off, please don’t forget to visit the other sites Jack and Ashley have visited during their blog tour (list below) Also please take the time to read my review and enter to win an ebook copy of Osric’s Wand: The Wand-Maker’s Debate by Jack D. Albrecht Jr. & Ashley Delay! Just scroll down!
June 1st Mireille’s Books
June 5th Starry Night Books
June 8th Mohadoha
June 13th Alana Woods
June 16th aobibliosphere
June 17th Airicka Phoenix
June 18th Safire Blade
June 22nd Kristina’s Books and More
June 25th Write Panic Live
June 27th Paranormal-Bookclub
June 29th The Fiction Diaries
June 30th Osric Wand
While the world leaders of Archana gather for an unprecedented peace treaty signing, tragedy strikes, and rumors spread of war. Osric; a young, untested leader, is thrust into the chaos and must journey far with his unlikely companions to stop the inevitable world war. Circumstance brought them together, but prophecy has entwined their fates.
Now, the young Vigile Contege, the world’s greatest Wand-Maker, and a beautiful Maiden of the Unicorn must put aside their differences and work together, or watch as their homes are destroyed. Their understanding of magic will be challenged as they discover new methods and uses for their powers, and each day will only uncover more unanswerable questions to torment Osric’s mind.
Why was the signing attacked? What do the unicorns want with him? How do you read a book with no words? What is so special about his wand?
(Excerpt from GoodRead)
So, I got a lot of odd cyber-glances when I posted that I was reading this book. Several of my friends messaged me wondering if I was all right, because I don’t read fantasy. More than that, I don’t read fantasy that doesn’t have a romantic element somewhere in the book. (My friends would be semi-wrong because I am a huge fan of Harry Potter) and now, I am a huge fan of Osric. But it didn’t start out that way. I didn’t see the book and think, ‘hey! that’s something I would like or looks interesting!’ I’ll be honest. When I first saw this book it was because a very dear, dear friend of mine had written it and after meeting Jack and getting to know him, and through him, Osric, I was convinced that I would give it a shot. If for no other reason then to support a friend.
The story begins with a surprise; for me at least. Not even halfway through the first chapter I actually stopped and reread the line twice before I was sure I hadn’t misread–the animals talked and not just TALKED but the thing was DRUNK! OMG I think I just about soiled myself laughing picturing this hairy little thing, ambling around, pissed out of his mind! I honestly couldn’t remember the last time any book surprised me so much. Now, it wasn’t because the animals talked so much so that they did it so convincingly, like it was the most natural thing in the world to see squirrels and unicorns running around with humans. I’ve only ever read one other book that was this convincing.
If you haven’t guessed by now, the story is based on Osric, a newly appointed Contege. His life was going pretty good up until he walks in to accept his new position only to nearly get blown up, then, then (and this is my favorite part because it was just so twistedly awesome) he was rescued, by a unicorn no less!
It’s safe to say that the story is ridiculously hard to read, and I don’t mean the story makes no sense–the story made absolutely perfect sense. What was hard to read was the authors (yes, authorS there are two! I made the embarrassing mistake of assuming there was only one (Ms. Delay, I humbly request your forgiveness for my grieve error!))
Usually, and I say this with smug, self-importance, I can usually guess what will happen in a book. I can get halfway in and will always know who the killer is and what the main character’s issues are. But the authors of Osric’s adventures completely messed with my head. As soon as I thought the story was going one way, they’d change it on me, twisting and weaving the story until I was at the end and realizing it was 5 in the morning and I had to be up in two hours. It was a serious blow to my ego. I kid you not.
So, what I didn’t like about the book. Oh don’t give me that look! You knew it was coming! Sheesh.
What I didn’t like about the story was the very little time the authors put into Brigett. She had so much potential, but it wasn’t thoroughly flushed out and that made me sad. But they are writing a sequel and Jack has assured me *warning glare* that there WILL be more romance in this book *cough* better be *cough* LOL However I did like Gus, the most irritating and sarcastic prairie dog I have ever read about! He totally wins gold in my books!
It was a fun read all in all. A fast-paced adventure that was a mix of Eragon meets Harry Potter meets Star Wars. There is no doubt in my mind that I WILL read the next installment!
So, in conclusion:
Will I read the next book? Yes.
Will I tell my friends about this book? Yes.
Did I enjoy it? Yes.
About the Authors
Jack D. Albrecht Jr. resides in Colorado. He is a devoted father and a full time student. His new found passion for writing consumes most of his time, but once in a while he can still be found under the hood of a car or studying for his Pharmaceutical degree. Jack has been an avid reader for most of his life, with Sci-Fi and fantasy being his favorite genres. Osric’s Wand: The Wand-Maker’s Debate is his first novel, co-authored by Ashley Delay. (Bio from Amazon)
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